Fire Situation Report – March 10, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/09/17 thru 03/10/17 

NE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 11 fires burned 103 acres (Causes: 11-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 80 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

 Conway Ranch (Latimer County) – 497 acres – 100% Contained

 Staples Road (Atoka County) – 900 acres – 100% Contained

 Jay Bar Ranch (Delaware County) – 200 acres – 100% Contained

 Taylor (Adair County) – 100 acres – 100% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Numerous OFS resources remain committed to the Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires. Resources include Overhead, Type 6 Engines, Bulldozers, Fixed-wing and Rotor-wing aircraft.

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No Activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

Large Fire Activity outside of the Protection Area: 

Northwest Oklahoma Complex – The Southern Region Red Team (Type 1 IMT with Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander) assumed command of the Complex at 0700 today’s date. This Complex will be managed under Unified Command with Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout, Moorland, Rosston and Beaver Fire Departments. Numerous OFS overhead, heavy equipment, Type 6 Engines, and aircraft are assigned to the complex to assist local fire departments with the control efforts. Other state forestry resources from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky have arrived and are committed to the firefighting effort. An Incident Command Post is established at the Woodward County Fairgrounds to facilitate resource assignments and ordering. Fire behavior was minimal during the previous burning period and expected to remain low today. A few flare-ups occurred on the fire, but mop-up and control line reinforcement continues. Aerial mapping is an ongoing process to provide updated acreages for each incident. Acreage figures may actually decrease due to more accurate mapping.

Starbuck (Beaver and Harper County) – 662,687 acres total (464,308 acres in Kansas and 198,379 acres in Oklahoma), 10% containment. Near the Oklahoma communities of Buffalo, Knowles, Gate, Rosston, and Laverne. Numerous residences, secondary structures, livestock and other infrastructure lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain on alert.

Selman (Harper and Woodward County) – 44,338 acres, 25% containment, located approximately 10 miles north of Woodward. No estimate on residences or secondary structures lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous residences remain threatened.

283 Fire (Harper County) – 69,395 acres, 10% containment, located near the communities of Rosston, Laverne, and May. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain on alert.

Statewide Discussion: The highest fire danger today will be experienced in the Panhandle and portions of extreme western and northwestern Oklahoma. Moderating temperatures and increased relative humidity values should help moderate fire behavior over most of the area. Multiple cold fronts will pass through the area with increasing chances for moisture arriving Saturday. Eastern portions of the state received scattered rainfall last night with more expected Saturday.

The fuels in western and northwestern Oklahoma will remain very receptive to new starts and continue to make suppression efforts challenging. Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity will help alleviate this situation, but only for a short period of time.

Expect any fire that starts today to burn with moderate intensities and rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be experienced where terrain and winds align. Resistance to control should moderate with the increased fine fuel moistures.

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

                 Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.  

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Stephen Creech, Fire Behavior Analyst Detailed to Oklahoma Forestry Services